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rv The Indian Advocate. 293 aywwiiim'n '?tf.www 'iftimm, ,, . 1 i5 The Tom Starr Treaty. j ' ARELY has a government or a nation been forced WW to the extremity of entering into a treaty of peace wiiu uiic ui lis uwii suujcuis. vve nave, uuw- ever, an instance of it in the Cherokee Nation. Though his reputation was by no means enviable, yet it will be recognized by those who, understood the surroundings of Tom Starr tfyat ,his outlawry was due to a combination of circumstances that appeal strongly to the sympathies of his fellow- men in his behalf. His history is without paral lel in the annals of his nation. Nor do we pretend to furnish it in these pages, his adventures being numerous and interest ing enough to fill a large volume. Born in the old nation, the son of James .Starr, a good, law-abiding citizen, there was nothing in his boyhood indicative of the sjrange, nomadic life that was to follow; on the contrary Tom was an energetic, ambitious lad, eager to advance with his people in,, their on ward strides toward civilization. His father was a member of the Ridge and Boudinot party, and one of the signers of the treaty whereby the Cherokees disposed of their lands in the old States and agreed to a removal to their present homes west of the Mississippi. It is due to the. Ridges, Boudinot, Starr and other supporters of the treaty to assume that they believed it best for the welfare of their people to submit to, rather than oppose, the United States in this matter. James Starr, with his family, including Tom, moved to the new country in 1833, and lived in eace until a short time after the murder of Boudinot and the Ridges, when the life of James Starr was threatened. This aroused the slumbering fire in the heart of young Tom, who was then but nineteen years of age.